First Colony Swim Team challenges Fort Bend County families to make a splash with National Water Safety Initiative
Nine people drown every day in the U.S. and First Colony Swim Team, in conjunction with First Colony Community Association and Greater Houston Pool Management, wants to change that statistic by raising awareness of the importance of water safety this summer. All Fort Bend County families are encouraged to attend Make a Splash Water Safety Day on Sunday, June 15th from 12:30-3:30 PM at First Colony Aquatic Center Pool at 4350 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land 77479. The event will feature water safety stations including: diving safety, slide safety, mini-swim lessons and water rescue techniques. We will also provided information and activities for other children’s safety topics such as car seat safety, sun safety, helmet safety and more. Plus, families will be able to get information about FREE and reduced price swim lessons. First Colony Swim team will offer these lessons, on a limited basis, to families who participate in the free and reduced lunch program at the public schools. For information or to register please visit our website at: http://www.firstcolonyswimming.com.
On our Make A Splash Day we will also be honoring 2 of our team members who recently were instrumental in preventing a drowning.
Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation. The initiative aligns the nation’s top learn to swim resources in an effort to save lives, and to date, 1.1M children have taken lessons through the initiative.
For more, visit www.makeasplash.org.
The following statistics demonstrate the need for action:
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children between the age of one and 14. (Centers for Disease Control, 2003)
60-70% of African-American and Hispanic kids do not know how to swim (USA Swimming Foundation / University of Memphis 2010) HYPERLINK “http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1796&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en” Get the numbers here
Nine people drown in the United States every day. (CDC)
Two-thirds of all drownings occur between May and August. (Orange County California Fire Authority)
Approximately 75% of child drownings occur because of a lapse of adult supervision of less than five minutes.
Children in the ethnic minority are nearly three-times more likely to drown than their Caucasian peers. (CDC, 2003)
*Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control
*Source: Orange County Fire Authority
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